Sunday, August 19, 2012

Survey Results Are In!

First of all, these should have gone up yesterday.  They did at the A-Z blog and I was going to put a link here and send you there...and then I ran out of "me" time and had to go to WALMART on a SATURDAY because I love my child and he didn't get the right school supplies the first time.  So...

Your anxiously awaited survey results are in! Most of you know I'm a math nerd...mathematician by degree. Yes, weird for a writer. You've probably already noticed the weird part without me pointing it out...

There are lots of ways to present statistics to mislead. I shall not go into that here, because we have plenty of commercials from both sides of the political aisle giving us examples of that...

I'm going to give you “just the facts, ma'am”. I will probably not resist some comments along the way about what I found. I promised you MY answers, those will be in the comment section. I feel strongly about one of these questions, so you will get an earful about that one. You've been warned.  But that's tomorrow.

Note to all readers, math-nerd or not: IF you bother to add up the percentages for each of the questions, the total will NOT come to a nice 100%. There are three reasons for this.

  1. Some people gave more than one answer to a question.
  2. Some people didn't answer all the questions.
  3. I rounded.

Question #1: AS A BLOGGER, how do you interact with your commenters?

3% : on my blog, if it's a question, by email

27.5% : visit back and comment (one person said but don't comment)

27.5% : reply in blocks in the comment chain

4% : reply in the reply box in my comments

1% : Twitter

1% : interact, um yes, that was the question, you missed the how part, but am acknowledging your answer ;-) Can't leave any stats out you know. Wouldn't be honest. We have some lovely parting gifts for you. (I'm teasing, by the way. I do that.)

14% email

1% : phone (proud to say this is one of MY readers, who answered at my blog, and he's an amazing supporter of all levels of writers and bloggers, BUT, I couldn't drag him to the A-Z, and I REALLY tried...)

Question #2: AS A COMMENTER, what is your preferred method of being noticed for taking the time to leave a comment?

23.5% : visit my blog

18.5% : I don't need to be noticed ( give, without expecting anything back, what great people hang out here)

29.4% : in the comments, but I don't always go back and check

6% : direct reply (don't know what this method is...but couldn't just assume so I included it)

11.8% : email

6% : varies, but I like email

6% : comment back

6% : respond (see how hard this is?)

6% : acknowledged (as I was saying...)

Question #3: Now here's the rub: are those answers the same? Why or why not?

(Note to survey writers, don't ask why or why not...give multiple choice questions. THEN the percents will add up. And the results post won't be War and Peace...)

64.7% : The Golden Rule – I respond the way I do, because that's how I want others to respond to me. Ah...we have such nice readers, don't we?

17.6% not the same way (with LOTS of explanations – go see the comments, or I'll be writing War and Peace AND The Brothers one post)

6% I'm more forgiving of others than myself – I work hard to interact, but it doesn't bother me when no one acknowledges me. (I just had to include this one. Quality blogger. Not that you're not...just sayin'...)

6% Everyone is different. I can't expect that what I do is what another does. Everyone gets to choose. (Very sensible and observant. Had to include this one too. This is a patient, caring person. Not that you're not...sheesh...gotta quit these side comments...)

6% Same but different (????)

6% I just try to visit as many people as possible, regardless of whether they comment or not (aw...I keep telling you we have great people around here!)

Question #4 :Do you tend to read blogs that are similar to yours, say a writer learning from another how to market well, or to get tips, etc?

53% no
35% yes
17.6% yes, but I don't limit it to that
6% yes and no (???)

Question #5 : Do you read a variety of blogs, and if so why?

79% yes

5% I read my blog roll

12% no, there's not enough time

Question #6 : How do you decide who goes in your blog roll in your side-bar? Is it ALL the blogs you follow?

26.3% those I've developed friendships with

5% I investigate, then decide

5% I choose 25, otherwise it would be ALL of them, and that would be ridiculous

20% the ones that I don't want to miss a post from

47% I don't have a blog roll

Question #7 : Do you return follow just based on unspoken etiquette principle, or is there more to your decision?

10% yes

21% no

16% I follow if I'm interested

16% I return follow unless the blog is objectionable, or they are just fishing for followers

10% I investigate their blog, and then make a decision

5% If I wouldn't hang out with them in real life, I don't follow their blog (gotta say, this was my favorite answer...)

5% a bit of both

5% I add them to my google reader, then make a decision after a while

10% I used to, but now I use the google reader instead

Question #8: To you have link back signature? If not, why? If yes, why?

40% no

18% yes

25% I don't know

This one I really want to discuss. REALLY want to discuss. So I'm going to write a separate post about it on Monday, August 20th. Come on back!

Did these results surprise you? Are you “normal”? Are you “unique”? Talk to me.  Just a note of tabulation, since only two people answered all the questions here, I combined your answers with the 20 I had at the A-Z Blog.  Resistance is futile.  You have been assimilated.  You hear that, Brian?  LOL.


Tina said...

As promised, here are MY answers.

1) I send an email, if the address is available, and when I'm not on the A-Z road trip, I return the visit. I'm about done with the road trip, not that I'm DONE, but I'm tired and school has started and my kids need me at home, not on the open road. Sorry if I didn't make it to your place. I still love you.

2) I'd like an email and a visit, too. I know it's asking a lot, but it's my answer to the question. It's through the emails that I've built friendships and it's through friendships that I've met others, such as this A-Z gang, and that would never have happened otherwise. In case you don't already know it, this A-Z gig ROCKS.

3) They're the same. Golden Rule.

4) I read a huge variety of blogs because I support BLOGGERS not just writers. However, if I had to give a majority, it's writers, because they are the ones I tend to build the friendships with. My favorite non-writer blog is a photo blog called "Little Sealed Packages" and if google doesn't lead you there, it's in my sidebar.

5) Yes, answered that above. Who wrote this survey???

6) My blogroll has my best buds, my don't miss a post. Yes, you've all been terribly neglected. Two words: road trip. But I'm back now. I like to help promote those I find exceptional, and that's what a blogroll does, in my opinion. Of course, when I find myself in the blogroll at someone place and I hadn't noticed before, it's a golden star day for me. Thrills me to no end. Yes, I'm an attention hound. I believe I've admitted that before...

7) I follow blogs I want to find again. It's a long list, but there are a LOT of really good blogs out there. Don't want to lose the address.

8) YES. And tomorrow I'll tell you why I think it's essential. You are coming back tomorrow, right?

Tina @ Life is Good

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina .. I interact with commenters on my blog ...

Some blogspot blogs work differently - don't ask me why .. I can't fathom it out .. and I need to get another machine up and running so I have a choice - then I can probably comment properly on all blogs.

I don't think (3) will be the same - as we all react and blog differently ...

My reason - is I don't know how to use Blogger properly .. ie blog rolls etc .. I find a way and hang on in there ...

Anyway - I'm a'following your sequential blog posting here .. to learn more ..

Cheers Hilary

D.G. Hudson said...

I'll be back on the 20th to hear more. I read all the stats and I'm probably somewhere west of left on the normal scale.

I use blog etiquette most of the time, but if I get no response, I will still visit that blog. I visit a blog MUCH more often when that blogger reciprocates. For this type of blog, I will also jump in for book launches or blogfests. Not so for others who never interact with their readers. This is a two-way street, that's what communication means. Some bloggers have forgotten this.

Blogs are my preferred mode of interaction. I'm analytical, but without your math background. So I like reading stats sometimes.

Brian Miller said...

intersting results.....i need to think on them a bit honestly...and yes i talked to a few bloggers this week...smiles...even had one stay at my house i never met before...

Rob Z Tobor said...

I have decided to follow back. I don't normally do that, but as well as slightly mad I am also a nice chap (almost anyway).....